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Super Suzuki Swift Sport

Super Suzuki Swift Sport

Every so often a car comes along that, apart from meeting expectations, has a certain something extra. At first sight of the Suzuki Swift Sport it looks like fun. From the chunky rear end with its big spoiler and twin exhausts right through to the sleek front end, it ticks all the boxes for a small hot hatch. If indeed it was a small hot hatch but it isn’t. No matter, it remains a highly entertaining motor. 136bhp from the willing 1.6L engine isn’t really at the cutting edge of blistering performance but, curiously, it doesn’t matter.

This is one of the best-handling superminis you can buy. Despite only having 136bhp from the willing 1.6L engine, out on the road it is great to drive, sounds throaty and delivers plenty of smiles per hour. Twisting turning B roads are it’s stamping ground. The naturally aspirated engine is only a modest performer when you compare it to the opposition but that is part of the enjoyment as the driver needs to work at the six-speed gearbox and keep those revs spinning. The steering is accurate and direct, the brakes are more than capable and sporty dampers keep the handling flat and supple.sw2 Super Suzuki Swift Sport

Safe too, and possibly the ideal starting point for the keen new driver with deeper pockets. As you’d expect the car features ABS, EBD and ESP and there’s plenty of airbags. The back seats are, as you’d expect, a bit tight for adults but better than you might think just by looking. Plenty of room for the kids though.

In fact, everything comes as standard. This five-door version has a list price of £14,499 ( there are deals around though) and includes, well, everything really. In other words, all the options you want are standard fit. Cruise, Bluetooth, Sat-Nav, connectivity, 17” alloys, keyless entry, a cracking steering wheel with controls to name a few. Some of the plastics are bit on the cheap side but, crucially, there is no scrimping on the very well bolstered seats. Basically, everything is stylish and well bolted together. The Suzuki Swift Sport is a bit of a bargain, I reckon, and with up to 44mpg on the combined figure it should be pretty economical too.

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